He may play astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory, but actor Kunal Nayya quickly realized that house hunting—and decorating—was less of a science and more of an art. He and his wife, designer Neha Kapur, opened up their Los Angeles compound to Architectural Digest this month. Here’s a peek inside.
After house hunting for nearly a year, the couple moved into this 1948 hacienda style compound in the Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles. Kapur, the designer behind luxury fashion brand Hensely, says she was drawn to the color of the property’s exterior (a unique pink), as well as its shape. “In India there’s this thing called gou-mukh. It’s very auspicious if the house opens into the back like a triangle—it’s very good in Indian culture,” she tells AD. “You walked in and just felt you were in this sanctuary.”
When they moved in in 2011, however, it was a daunting task for Nayya to imagine decorating the property’s 5,000 square feet; they started off with just a sofa and TV, and didn’t have “proper” furniture for six months. Their first purchase was actually a pair of green Murano lamps (pictured in the living room above):
“I was quite shocked at the price of these lamps,” says Kunal, “but after much debating and negotiating I decided, just do it, and I’m so glad I did, because it opened me up to an entirely new world of beautiful things. That was us finding something we both loved and pulling the trigger, right at the beginning.”
We’re all for slow decorating and a well-chosen splurge item, for sure.
Read more about their home’s design (and how they have a literal open door policy) over on Architectural Digest. Big Bang Theory returns to CBS for its 11th season on September 25.